Two albums of our photographs have been uploaded to Flickr at full size and without any restrictions on re-use. These images are taken from our collection of Charles Booth’s inquiry into poverty, industry and religious influences in London that ran from 1886 – 1903, and from The Women’s Library collection. All of these images were reviewed and deemed to be out of copyright. We have therefore decided to release them into the Flickr Commons so that anyone can download the best versions we have and use them in their projects, whatever they may be.

About the albums:

The Charles Booth Poverty Maps are perhaps the most distinctive product of Booth’s Inquiry into Life and Labour in London. The 12 colour-coded maps display London’s relative poverty and prosperity on a street by street basis. See the foot of each map for the legend indicating what these colours represent.

Printed Map Descriptive of London Poverty 1898-1899. Sheet 6. West Central District

There has been significant interest in the Booth maps for many years and we hope that by making them openly accessible to all they will be more easily used in research and teaching, but also more easily accessible by the general public. The maps also make a great gift for friends, family or colleagues – particularly those who live in London. You can easily download the files for printing and then framing so why not consider it so you have an extra special present for someone…

After looking at the maps you might be asking yourself, “vicious semi-criminals or well-heeled upper classes: what were the Victorians that lived on my London street really like?” Are things that different? See the related resources for a TV series that explores these very issues by looking at 6 archetypal London streets.

The Women’s Library album includes 130 photos that we have in our timeline on the Digital Library. Not all of the images from the timeline could be put into Flickr Commons as there are still restrictions on use of a large number of them. However, those that were assessed as out of copyright could be and are now available for download at full size and without restrictions on reuse.

Flora Drummond, Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, 1908.

So, go ahead and explore the images and let us know whether you use them for anything interesting.

Related resources: 

For an excellent exploration of how some parts of London have changed over time you can view the BBC’s series, The Secret History of Our Streets, available through our subscription to BoB – a TV catch-up service.

To explore more widely the outputs from the Booth study take a look at our Charles Booth Online Archive and our project to ‘mobilise’ these resources called PhoneBooth.